A Nail License is great for anyone: full time, part time or seasonal.
Excellent side job for quick cash to students and parents.


This is a great time to train and be part of the new future nail industry! Clients are demanding professional Nail Techs that can provide a safe and clean service. Nail Techs can build a client base faster than ever before. Start your course now to get a license and change your life's opportunities.



Lower Pay 

Potential lawsuits by clients

Class 1 Misdemeanor if caught

Stuck in a lower level job

Can't open a professional salon

If caught, can't get licensed later

Fines to pay if caught

Has not been taught safety

Potential harm to self/client from chemicals



Higher Pay

Insurance coverage as licensed

Self employment career

High paying Resort jobs

Advance class/trade show eligible

Employment by Nail Companies

Future teaching jobs

Can move on to a better job position

Recession proof Medical jobs

Beat the competition as a professional

Access to jobs with benefits

Growth in life skills meeting professionals

A way to earn extra cash on the side of another career

Who wants a Virginia Nail Technician License?

  • Anyone selling nail care in Virginia
  • High School Students wanting cash
  • College Students wanting a side trade
  • Mothers wanting flexible hours
  • Professionals wanting a career change
  • Anyone wanting to earn extra money
  • People that want to work from home
  • Artists wanting a creative outlet
  • Isolated people wanting to meet others
  • Families, friends or couples wanting to open a salon

Nail Technician Career Info

Licensed Nail Technicians are in demand at an all time high and the License obtained will help customers feel safe knowing that the Tech has been trained to provide a safe service. This is the MOST opportunistic time to get into the Nail Trade business! It's those that make choices now, during times of hardships, by looking on into the future with a postive outlook to be in a positive situtation later. Our course cost is reduced during these frustrating times but when times are good again, our cost will go back to it's original cost of $4,000-5,000. Take advantage of a trade skill now to have a gift in your pocket for later.


Most parents don't realize that a side trade today can help their college student avoid a job that takes most of their study time away. A nail skill can get them the income they need in a shorter time with more flexibility. A Licensed career also offers incredible networking at professional settings that could even obtain job employment for the career that they are studying in college. Great success can also come to a high school student or college student with a side trade skill to learn job skills early. A nail trade is a fast skill that can make its cost back very quickly.


Parents with a Nail Techncian license can work flexible hours to be there for there children when they want to be. Parents can work at home or part time to make extra cash when they need it. An experienced Nail Tech could work 4-5 days a month to make over $1,000 in the comfort of their own home. The Nail trade is great for adult men/women, young adults and teens 16 and over.


What kind of jobs do Licensed Nail Techs have?

  • Self-Employed 
  • Work at home with whatever hours 
  • Work in salons, spas and resorts
  • Work online with videos or blogs
  • Earn income as a beauty sales rep
  • Mobile Techs in a RV or a homes
  • One day service for weddings or parties
  • social media posting income
  • local salons to meet people in the area
  • Retirement homes or communities
  • Podiatrists hire nail techs with benefits
  • TV sets, magazines and modeling events
  • Personal Nail Tech to the wealthy/famous

What can I benefit from personally with a nail license?

  • Confidence booster from clients wanting your services
  • Control when you work and how much you make
  • Students to make money while in school/college
  • Work part time while doing another job 
  • Creative outlet to make admired works of art
  • Meet all types of people for networking connections
  • Side job that offers extra income at home or elsewhere
  • Trade skill to make quick cash during financial hardships


Nail Tech Income Details

Typical nail services can cost around $15-100 per hour with the higher end salons and spas usually charging double to triple that average nail cost. The lower end nail salon usually average in income around minimum wage or less. The higher end salons and spas can offer an income of $20-50 an hour or more! The higher end resorts/spas are the recommended places to work for a consistent competitive salary but they will require a nail license to avoid violations, liability and fines. 


Nail Techs usually earn around 40-60% of the service cost plus an added 10-20% tip.  Some of the higher end businesses that only employ licensed Nail Techs may offer benefits and/or a guaranteed hourly salary with a lower added commission per service. Retail sales commission can add additional income from products sold to customers. Nail career statistics data does not distinquish the difference with high end or low end salary calculations. 


It's the license that can make Nail Techs the real money!


LICENSED Nail Techs are in high demand!


Nail Technicians today come in two types: Licensed and Unlicensed. Those selling nail services with no license can be violated with a class 1 misdemeanor and sued by customers for damages. Licensed Nail Techs can be insured with opportunities to grow plus higher income potentials.

Any person in the State of Virginia must be state licensed to sell nail care services of any kind. This license must always be posted for customers to view or they can be reported to DPOR at (804) 367-8504 or by email ComplaintAnalysis@dpor.virginia.gov 


To get a Nail License, students must pass a State Approved education inside a State Licensed Nail School for the state they want to work in. Our course prepares students to take the state administered exams for licensure in Virginia and releases them for testing after completing our course.


Unlicensed Techs working secretly at home risk a serious financial loss in lawsuits from a client. Unlicensed Nail Technicians are uninsurable. Not having a license also prevents them from opening a retail salon and the ability to work in a higher paying salons/resorts later in life as their skills grow and they want to get out of a trapped lower paying job. Anyone selling nail services with no license can be violated with a class 1 misdemeanor, fined by the state and sued by customers for damages. Licensed Nail Techs can be insured with opportunities to grow plus higher income potentials.


Violators selling nail care services unlicensed could also have serious issues with getting a state regulated professional career license in any US state such as an real estate, architech, engineer, surveyor, interior designer, landscaper, inspector, cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, wax tech, nail tech, tradesmen, soil scientist, optician, hearing aid specialist, fair housing board, pro martial arts, pro boxing, pro wrestling, common interest community, contractor, appraiser etc.

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Statistics are not broken down into high/low end positions

There is a very big difference in licensed and non licensed careers for Nail Technicians. Most nail techs are unlicensed in the lower pay categories.

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